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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox and John Danks agreed to a reported five-year, 65 million contract extension. The first to report the deal was Doug Seyller on twitter, which was then confirmed by CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien.

For the record, Sellyer's been the first to report a bunch of White Sox news in the last few years, including last July's Edwin Jackson trade and the first Jake Peavy trade in 2009. Who's his source? Chuck says it's God.

The exact terms of the deal probably won't be known until Danks takes his physical after Christmas. For a few nuts and bolts of Danks' tenure with the White Sox, check out this post.

Robin Ventura -- in full costume for an on-stage appearance at The Goodman -- explained why Danks is so important to the White Sox.

Back in November, Kenny Williams wouldn't rule out not dealing Danks or Gavin Floyd, although he alluded to a high level of interest in both of the pitchers.

In non-Danks White Sox news, the team reportedly held a workout with Cuban defectorsensation Yoenis Cespedes. It's unlikely the Sox have any real interest in him, given the expected price tag. The money committed to Danks probably won't increase any chance the Sox land Cespedes, either.

Around the division:

Minnesota is reportedly close to signing starter Jason Marquis. The 33-year-old righty has dealt with some injury issues in the last two seasons, but as recently as 2009 he was a well above-average pitcher.

The Royals signed former Twins reliever Jose Mijares to a one-year deal. Mijares, 27, is coming off a career-worst season with Minnesota after putting together solid campaigns in 2009 and 2010.

Also concerning the Royals, the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger tries to calm the outrage over the team's signing of Yuniesky Betancourt.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.